State of Alabama Sleepers
Desmon Owens
Desmon Owens
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 17, 2014


The contact period is back on and national signing day is less than three weeks away. The top prospects in Alabama are hearing from the top coaches in the country, but there remains plenty under the radar this late in the game. Scout takes a look at some of the best.

Scout takes a look at some of the top sleepers in the state of Alabama. Each of the following prospects holds two or fewer FBS offers.

  • Chris Knowles | 6-foot-1, 205 lbs | WR | Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen

    Knowles picked up recent offers from FCS Jacksonville State and Miles College, and he reports interest from considerable FBS schools like Southern Miss, Minnesota, Cincinnati, UAB and South Alabama.

    "If nothing works out, I'm probably just going to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas," he said. "Then I'll walk-on at 'Bama or Auburn..."

  • Willie Jackson | 6-foot-2, 200 lbs | WR | Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy

    Jackson has 1,500 receiving yards over the last two seasons despite an ongoing hamstring injury, now healed, with a lone offer from UAB. However, he's in the dark on it right now with Garrick McGee taking Louisville's offensive coordinator job.

    "Alcorn and Alabama State are showing high interest and I'll take a visit to Alcorn on the 24-26," he said. "I think they are going to offer."

  • C.J. Tolbert | 5-foot-9, 185 lbs | RB/WR | Dadeville (Ala.) High

    Tolbert is lightning in a bottle with the ball in his hands, and he finished as the Class 4A back of the year runner-up to four-star Alabama commitment RonnieĀ  Clark this week. He has interest from FBS and BCS programs, but not one has pulled the trigger.

    "I'm drawing interest and I know a lot of coaches have seen my highlights," he said.

  • Mike Carter | 6-foot-2, 210 lbs | S | Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley

    South Alabama is this physical safety's lone FBS offer, with FCS extensions from Jacksonville State and Liberty to his name. Carter may develop into an outside linebacker at the next level.

  • Montez Haynes | 6-foot-2, 175 lbs | WR | Alabaster (Ala.) Kingwood Christian

    Haynes is among the top route-runners in the state, and he can go over the middle for a big catch if needed as well. He had considerable pre-season SEC interest, but a school has yet to pull the trigger.

  • Charles Buchanan | 5-foot-9, 182 lbs | RB | Pleasant Grove (Ala.) High

    His surprise invite to Nike's The Opening created some buzz in the summertime, and Buchannon held his own, but it hasn't resulted in a known offer just yet.

  • Blake Devine | 5-foot-9, 175 lbs | RB | Gadsden (Ala.) Southside


    Williams makes plays against the run and pass.

    Small but powerful, DeVine simply makes plays any way he can. He led the Panthers to a deep playoff run this fall, yet he remains offerless at this stage of the game. In-state FCS programs Jacksonville State and Samford are showing interest towards the speedy and shifty back.

  • Frank Williams | 6-foot-2, 265 lbs | DE | Madison (Ala.) Academy

    Williams is undersized, but all he does is make plays. Whether it's deep in the playoffs or even at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, his quickness enables him to create havoc in the backfield. Though he doesn't hold an offer yet, Middle Tennessee, Murray State, Southern Miss and UAB are interested. Williams snagged lower offers from Alabama A&M and Harding of late, however.

  • Deonta Moore | 5-foot-11, 178 lbs | WR | Huntsville (Ala.) High

    Huntsville didn't have the success it had in 2012 this fall, but Moore still more than held his own in the process. The balanced back just added his first offer from Shorter University and he's taking that official this week.

  • Desmon Owens | 6-foot-2, 220 lbs | FB | Oxford (Ala.) High

    Owens is on SEC and ACC radar, but his initial scholarship offer has yet to come through. He can block, and did so well for "Mr. Football" Racean Thomas, catch passes out of the backfield as well as carry the football.

    "Something is going to come through eventually," Owens said. "I'm just being patient."

  • Phillip Brown | 6-foot-4, 198 lbs | WR | Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park

    Brown has a bevvy of FCS offers, but FBS programs have yet to pull the trigger with the rangy wideout. Long and lean, Brown's wingspan and improved route-running is his best asset.

  • Marshall Eads | 6-foot-4, 275 lbs | OG | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) County

    Eads is in the same boat as Jackson with his UAB offer, also his only FBS extension. FCS Jacksonville State, Murray State and North Alabama have offered as well. Eads played defense for most of his career until switching to offensive line as a senior, where he projects best in college.

  • Blake Bean | 6-foot-3, 250 lbs | DE | Oneonta (Ala.) High

    Bean is a production machine, putting in over 100 tackles in 2011, 2012 and this past fall as a senior in leading the Redskins to the Class 4A state championship. With a high motor, great endurance and the ability to shift inside if needed, there's no reason he should remain offer-less much longer.

  • Jaiquon Crook | 6-foot-1, 215 lbs | DE | Jasper (Ala.) Waker

    Crook is undersized for an edge rusher, but his tape is packed with big hits, solid pass-rushing moves and even some plays in coverage. He doesn't have an offer to his name, but an in-state FCS school may be first in.


    Will Parker end up at Air Force?

    "I've got a couple of visits this month, I'm trying to see about a walk-on from JSU (Jacksonville State) or maybe an offer," he said.

  • Jacob Parker | 6-foot-2, 221 lbs | OLB | Huntsville (Ala.) Westminster Christian

    Parker snagged an Air Force offer early in his senior campaign, and he'll take an official visit there this weekend. A quarterback for most of his career, he'll transition to defense in college. Parker's coach says other FBS schools are poised to make a late run for the versatile athlete.

  • Branon Byner | 5-foot-10, 160 lbs | RB | Bessemer City (Ala.) High

    Shifty, versatile and durable, Byner did it all for BC during their surprise 2013 season. South Alabama noticed and came in with an offer and Arkansas State's new staff may follow suit late in the game.

  • Kyran Moore | 5-foot-8, 155 lbs | CB | McCalla (Ala.) McAdory

    Notably small, Moore has done it all for one of Class 5A's top teams in Alabama for the last two years. He plays quarterback and cornerback for the Jackets, and routinely makes plays on both sides of the ball. He projects best as a smaller corner, but his wingspan dwarfs his height and he's as instinctive as it gets at the position. Moore doesn't have an offer, but says several schools are interested late.

    "Minnesota, UT-Chattanooga, Murray State, Troy, South Alabama, UAB and the Citadel are," he said.

  • Roderick Randolph | 6-foot-2, 203 lbs | WR | Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones

    A good route-runner who can line up inside or outside, Randolph also has some of the best hands in the state. Army, Morehead State and Stetson are the offers he sports right now,


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